Panera Reportedly Removing Item From Menu After Lawsuits

Panera Reportedly Removing Item From Menu After Lawsuits

( – Following a number of legal cases, Panera Bread is reportedly removing its Charged Lemonade drinks as an option for customers. 

The news was reported by multiple news outlets, which noted that in the next few weeks, Charged Lemonades would be dropped from the Panera Bread menu. A spokesperson for the company stated in an email that the company had recently changed its menu and was planning on leaning into that. 

The spokesperson went on to say that they want to keep the success of their menu “transformation” going. Taking on the feedback from over 30,000 customers, the company has decided to focus on a broader range of beverages, which will include “on-trend” flavors, low sugar, and low-caffeine options. The spokesperson added that the company continues to be committed to providing the highest quality products to its customers. 

In early 2022, the chain introduced the Charged Lemonade to its menu. The product came in a number of different flavors. At the time, the company also introduced a beverage subscription service. The drinks were advertised as being plant-based and having as much caffeine as the “Dark Roast coffee” the store offered. The Charged Lemonade was also advertised as having 390 milligrams of caffeine in its 20-ounce version before the company eventually lowered the amount to 237 milligrams at most. Panera also included a warning about the drink not being suitable for children, pregnant or nursing women, or those sensitive to caffeine after facing multiple wrongful death cases.

Two lawsuits against the company filed in 2023 stated that customers died from cardiac arrest after consuming the drinks. One woman also sued Panera in January, alleging that she ended up with long-term heart problems after drinking two and a half Charged Lemonades.

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